Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Not Rated.
Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

904 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 904
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 904 | Reviews: 391 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Black with some brown in there. Slightly mocha colored head with no lacing.

S: Coffee. caramel, roasted malt, bitterness.

T: Really sweet. The malt really dominates this beer. Everything else is drowned out.

M: A little on the thin side for my tastes. Carbonation is well done.

D: Nice normal stout. Fairly easy drinking. Nothing remarkable just a decent stout.

Photo of Avryle
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, dark brown-black. Some light coming through. Minimal head on the pour. What's there leaves intricate lacing

S- Roasty chocolate notes & burnt twigs??? Not an overly pleasant nose

T- This is a case of tastes better than it smells. Burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, oat & wood. A little boozy on the finish

M- Medium bodied. A bit too highly carbonated.

D- Blah. Its okay, but probably won't pick up another by choice

Photo of Bobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Bottle from the brewery.
C: Black, with a hint of red-brown, dark amber through the light. Tan head, but it gets thin quickly.

S: toasty, roasted smell. A bit of cardboard as well. Reminds me a bit of canned tuna in the mixture of smells.

M: A bit fizzy than I would expect. The oatmeal smoothness is getting lost in the carbonation.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and cookie flavors.

-The Oatmeal smell starts to come through after much more warming. This beer is best served warm, or at most , cooled slightly. Even at 50 degrees in our basement, it seemed to be too cold to get the aroma out of the beer. The odd smells were only when it was colder.

D: Its a drinkable beer, but only with the above things in mind. On tap at the brewery, it was definitely a beer that was worth picking up. At home, it seemed to be lacking some of the character I originally noticed.

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a hue foamy head that soon receded and left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Faint smell of nutmeg, cocoa powder, chocolate, and espresso...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, bursting with roasted malts, semi-sweet, dark chocolate, rich latte, espresso, and mocha...
Overall, an excellent depiction of the style and a top-notch, American Oatmeal Stout, worthy of recognition and praise with a deep, creamy, rich, thick, milkshake-like flavor...
Creamy, redolent mouthfeel with a super-easy level of drinkability due to the modest ABV and non-cloying flavors and aroma...
Definitely recommended...

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Groggy Frogg in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a blackish brown body with a two-finger head of dense off-white foam and a great lacing factor. Deep and rich looking.

S: Smell was a pleasant blend of roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa powder and some embedded floral hops.

T: Taste is rich, warm and inviting. The malt palate up front is spot on oatmeal stout, with a lush blend of roasted coffee, caramel and bitter chocolate. There's a fine hop presence a very clean roasted finish which caps off every sip very nicely.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and full, but the flavor makes it irresistibly drinkable.

D: A very tasty drinkable brew. For a richer stout, ABV is manageable and sufficient for a nice, mellow session.

Wolaver's continues to outshine Otter Creek brews, with the exception of the Stovepipe Porter. They should amend the slogan to read "certified organic and bona fide delicious."

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout poured a black as opal color with a tiny foam head that took off quickly. I didn't notice any freshness date on the bomber. It didn't seem to have any lacing which I remember for the style.

The smell was molasses and brown sugar. The taste was molasses flavor with a bitterness to finish. It had a cold coffee bitterness to it on the finish. Overall a very good Oatmeal Stout and definitely the best organic one I have had to date.

Photo of JWFokker
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, it's a dark, nearly black beer. The head is a creamy off-white, but it's fairly thin and dissipates quickly. Like most oatmeal stouts, the nose is quite mild and has a faint aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is much more substantial than the nose and consists of well roasted, but not burnt malt, coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. At the very end you can finally taste some hops. It's a rich, but not overly bitter beer. The mouthfeel is suitably thick and smooth. Some have said it's even a bit oily and I can't say I disagree. I think a better description would be slippery. Drinkability is high, though as filling as this beer is, I don't know how many you could actually drink. But you'd definitely want to have more.

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with slight amber highlights when some light's on it. Creamy off-white head lingering nicely.

Smell: Toasted malts, grains, oatmeal sweetness, brown sugar, licorice, earthiness, hints of vanilla, mild bitter coffee. A nicely balanced nose overall.

Taste: Roasted characteristics at first, along with some coffee bitterness and husk flavors, going into the sweetness from the oatmeal along with mild dark berries, molasses, brown sugar, and earthliness, finishing semi-dry with a push of citrus from the hops at the end. Fairly complex and balanced overall, and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly creamy without being chewy.

Drinkability: One of the better domestics in my opinion. Fairly cheap, a nice sessionable ABV, goes down really smoothly, and enough flavor to make it complex without being overbearing.

Photo of soupyman10
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one cause it sounded more interesting than the standard Yuengling, BMC stuff at a random bar in DC the other night. It was, although not really one of the better oatmeal stout's I've had. Pours a nice black color with some brown highlights and a thin head that dissolves too fast. Nose was fairly mild, lots of coffee and roasted malt and maybe a touch of oatmeal in there. Taste is similar, a little weak but pretty good. Lots of roasted malt, some coffee. Extremely drying. Feel is pretty good, thick and fairly full. Overall, not terrible, but not great. A good starter oatmeal stout, maybe.

Photo of Maudite
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Wolaver's. I was pleased. Next to Sam Smith's and Young's, my favorit Oatmeal Stout.

A= Pitch black, even held to the light. Poured a nice creamy head. Mine stuck around longer than alot of other reviewers, but slowly dwindled as I sipped. Had nice, not exceptional lacing, but upon first pour, a picture perfect brew.

S= Quite complex for an oatmeal stout. A slight diacetyl buttery scent, a definite aroma of brown sugared oatmeal, roast coffee, a slight aroma of warm dark chocolate, a trail of hops.

T= Almost just like it smelled. Comes on a bit buttery/butterscotchy, a bit of the bitter coffee/cocoa next, then wraps around your tongue like a big bite of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, finishing with a slight floral hop.

M= Doesn't stick long, feels like it will be big and rich like the taste, but falls as quickly as the head.

D= I could go all night with this one, expecially this time of year.

Recommended, to be sure.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok Wolaver, I re-tried your organic tree-hugging hippie stout (first had this beer at some fruity coffee house on University Ave. in Rochester. They gave it to me in the bottle - no glass - which really pissed me off), and here's what I found:

Pours a rich black that shows a nice clear redness when held to the light, like the color of a dark garnet. Rather disappointing thin head that dissipated quickly, leaving little to no lace.

Smells of smoky roasted malt and coffee.

Nice roasted chocolate malt flavor, earthy oats, & coffee. Piney hops come through in a dry finish.

Thick, full mouthfeel. A little slick and oily on the palette.

Pretty solid overall.

Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent outmeal stout, but by no means brilliant. It pours a very dark brown that won't let in much light through the glass, with a minimal head, hardly any lacing, and a watery rind as the beer warms. The smell is burnt malts, chocolate, and mostly coffee, actually lots of coffee. The beer is surprisingly watery, medium bodied, but not your thick consistency that I would have expected. The beer is somewhat tilted towards the malt end of the spectrum although the hops present themselves towards the finish. There aren't as many balancing hops in the body that I would have preferred. The taste is decidedly burnt malts, charred molasses, cold coffee, some cocoa. There is some complexity to this beer and a bit of dryness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but there is an overlay of oilyness that adds to the beers complexity.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with shades of burgandy when held up to the light. Small, light brown head that vaguely sticks around. Smells very roasty, lots of dark chocolate, coffee grains. Great aroma. Taste is good as well. Roastiness, some dark chocolate/cocoa, slight hop bitterness in finish. Slightly dry finish, the mouthfeel could stand to be a bit more heavy. A tad thin. Lots of carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in the Black Booty trade from auxiliary, thanks. The pour was a stout-esk color with some noticeable red and brown highlights around the edge. Decent pour with limited and not much staying power but some did last through the whole tasting.

The nose had roasty presence in the malt and some lighter lactic or oatmeal nose. Some lighter smoke and coffee aromas as well as. There is a touch of earthy hops in the back as well.

The taste was a little more balanced with malt and oats. Roasted malts were mostly detectable as for as the malt goes, but touches of chocolate and black come out. I would have like more of the chocolate flavors. There was a slick flavor that gave a lactic finish that almost gave the beer a slight infection feel. Just didn't feel right overall.

The body was mid with a nice body to stand on. I think that this beer could have been find but I would have like to see more chocolate and less oatmeal.

Photo of Admiraldinty
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Andover Liquors on a whim.

Poured a beautiful pitch black with a lacy coffee-coloured head.

Smells of burnt toast (toasted malt), coffee, and a little lactose.

Taste is malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and more burnt taste.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin (maybe I'm crazy) but smooth.

Good, but I'll stick with Ipswich for my Oatmeal Stout of choice.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This being one of my favorite beer styles, I find Wolaver's to be one of the best among them - it's a perfect winter brew.

The beer pours a deep opaque brown. It leaves a small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. It has a strong smell of oats and chocolate and coffee. The first sip is slightly bitter, like black coffee but the finish is sweet and malty. The beer has a certain "bite" on your tongue as you swallow that lingers till you take the next sip.

Like many oatmeal stouts, it should be kept cold but often tastes better when allowed to sit at room temperature before drinking it. If you can't wait (as I often can't) it's best to slip it slowly to experience the beer at different temperatures. This isn't difficult to do since as an outmeal stout, it's somewhat heavy and fairly filling.

Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color, but you can see some brown if it's held up to the light. Small head that quickly reduces to a thin lacing.

Smells of coffee and burnt sugar. This is a pretty good oatmeal stout for sure. Has a subtle smokey-burnt taste to go along with the coffee like features. Mouthfeel is silky smooth.

Morey's Bottom Line: I remember how easy this stout seemed to go down the first time that I had it...just as easy this time. Very drinkable stout for sure.

Photo of jockstrappy
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, burnt mahogany color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma consists of roasted malt , coffee, and dried fruit. Taste is mainly coffee and roasted malts, with a fruity hop bitterness that provides great balance and complexity as it warms. Very slick mouthfeel for the style, as the finish is fairly clean with only a mild coffee and hop aftertaste. I could do a 6-pack of these no problem.

Photo of Liquids
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with muted amber and brown around the edges with a burst of carbonation that rises in the glass from a full pour. A dark colored, large, foamy head. A fine looking brew and on par for a stout. Aroma is roasty, noticably hoppy though not overwhelmingly so; both milky and sweet aromas underly the roastiness. Concerned that this will taste too jagged for my tastes from the aroma. Taste is very full, and as it goes down its smooth, nary a trast of harshness. It's gently hoppy, the hops keep up but no more and leave the flavor to the malts which is much like the smell, roasty but no char, very appealing with a subtle sweetness, bingo. Flavors are subtle but complexity without needing to be a big beer. The mouthfeel is just outstandingly creamy and somehow both full on the tongue and yet not syrupy or unpleasant, but medium bodied in consistency. Masterful. Overall a great stout that I originally felt was too dark and bitter (early on), but now that I apreciate darker beers more, this will be one of the the ones I stock; this one will win out over even SN stout in my fridge.

Photo of udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours very dark brown, capped by a a thick but rapidly receding light tan head. Little lacing left behind.

Nose is an improvement on the appearance. I like that...it is building up to the taste, which is probably the highlight. Chocolate is showcased, along with heavily roasted grains and coffee. Not sure why, but I smell this and think "fresh!"

Very tasty. Quite a bit of chocolate here, some nice charred edge to the malt and of course coffee. Finishes with a refreshing bitterness that never interferes with the enjoyment of this smooth beer and probably keeps me from draining the glass in one motion! I'm going to give credit to the oats for the light residual sweetness and the silky nature of the body my tongue is luxuriating in. Finish leaves my mouth lightly dry with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Really nicely done. Tasty, great feel, and extremely drinkable. It could have a fuller body but in that case I'd probably drop the drinkability score a touch to match. Recommended!

Photo of redmagik99
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad River Glen. Poured black with a little creamy head that dissapated too quickly. Smells toasty and sweet, though coffee/espresso dominates. Espresso is definitely most prominent in the taste, along with some dark chocolate and lovely oat malt. Hops do this beer well; I haven't had many of the style, but this one is amazingly well balanced. Enough bitterness to go round yet not interfere with the stouty goodness at all. After the initial burst of flavor, there comes a slight twang of alcohol followed by the lingering flavor of burnt toast. This is a pleasant aftertaste I might add, even though I don't like burnt toast. A great oatmeal stout from Otter Creek.

Photo of Ricochet
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, with decent head and decent lace, smelled like burnt malt with a coffee twinge and dark chocolate notes. Appetizing.

Mouth was a thicker texture stout with a strong malt aftertaste with coffee over-tones that did not stick around. It was very nice.

Coffee, chocolate, nice bitter from the hops, it was a little thicker in texture than most, but that's a good thing. This was about a standard of the style. Great stuff.

Yep. It's a keeper.

Photo of sraimondi
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a bit of an experiment.

Purchased a growler from the brewery the last week of August, 2007, on my return from a biz trip to Montreal. Was immediately refrigerated and placed on its side so to eliminate any air in the bottle's neck and seal beer from any additional air incursion.

Pours with a huge tan/light brown rocky head which slowly dissipates to about 1/4 inch, with copious sheet lacing. Completely opaque color which doesn't allow any light though.

Smell is of roasted/toasted malt with some hops in the end. Some coffee/toffee hints too, and even some milk/lactose in the nose.

Taste, WOW! Aging this one has allowed the sweet to meld perfectly with the bitter to create a very, very balanced taste; even better than the usual bottled version. It actually exhibits some attributes of a milk stout, with roast qualities!

This beer is even smoother than the bottle version, but the aging has thinned it out a bit, so not as full.

It seems my experiment has been successful. Almost 5 months after the pour, not only did this beer hold up, but I think it excelled from the original, except that the mouthfeel was not as full. I'm sure that part of the "success" comes from the beer's use of the highest quality and organic ingredients. On my 3rd pint and counting. Yummy!


Photo of TheBierBand
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to do a side-by-side taste test with two Oatmeal Stouts:
1) New Holland - The Poet
2) Wolaver's - Oatmeal Stout

The pour into the pint glass revealed that the Wolaver's was creamier... left tremendous lacing (more so than the Poet). The beer itself was very similar in appearance. You could see a fair bit of ruby when held to a bright light source.

The aroma of the Wolaver's was sweeter than the Poet. The Wolaver's had a sweeter/maltier smell as opposed to the smokey smell of the Poet. Other nuances of the Walaver's were: more of a toffee/caramel.

Taste: Very similer between the two: Quite smokey and bitter. I believe that this is a wash between the two.... there are definate hints of coffee, just a bit of a sour astringent note with the Wolaver's

Mouthfeel: Same between the two: On the thin side. but appropriate for the style. Carbonation is similar.... average.

Drinkability: I can't say that I prefer one over the other. I have to give this match-up a tie.

Photo of altgeeky1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, no highlights to shine through. I have this next to a glass of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout to compare, and Wolaver's is darker for sure. Pour creates a thick creamed-coffee head, but with short retention -- 5 minutes later the head is gone, but there remains lace around the glass and some floating islands of foam. Smells slightly burnt, not smoky, and thin, as if lighter malts were toasted longer to force more color from them, but with weaker smell. Tastes a little burnt, and bitter but not in an overall unpleasant way. The body is thinner compared to Smith's, and the carbonation is stronger and sharper. Carbonation is not overdone or bad, but it doesn't seem to 'support' or add creaminess as the SSOS does. This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts, always available fresh at Hannafords.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.